- Dr. Stephen Korson
- 115 Kent Place Blvd.
Summit, NJ 07901
- (908) 522-0640
Even though a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics, the improvement in the bite and the health of the TMJ and gum tissues are certainly further compelling reasons to have your children treated. Following the removal of the orthodontic appliances you will see greater self-confidence in your teenagers.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position. This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. Your child can often choose brackets that are metallic or clear, and usually will choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in brackets. Red, white, and blue during July, orange and black for Halloween, or pink and lavender just because. Wires are less noticeable … less discomfort to patients. Today there is also the “clear alternative to braces” or Invisalign. Many teens today have the opportunity to use clear aligners to solve their orthodontic needs. Aside from the clear benefits, the major advantage is that the aligners allow for much improved hygiene and comfort during treatment. Invisalign will be discussed in detail in the last section.
Duration of Treatment
Treatment time typically ranges from one to three years, depending on the growth of the patient's mouth and face and the severity of the problem. Patients grow at different rates and will respond variously to orthodontic treatment, so the time to case completion may differ from the original estimate. The patient's diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands are an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months and will have benefits to the ultimate orthodontic goals.